Being from the South, I can't get enough of mason jars! I use them for glasses, candle holders, salad containers, and more. One of the desserts I made for the Blue & White Tailgating Party was Blueberry Mason Jar Pies. Mason jar pies work well for tailgating parties because they are individually sized and the containers are easy to transport. Plus, if they go uneaten at the party, you can send them home with the other guests.
To add a little team spirit to the pies, I cut a UK (for the University of Kentucky Wildcats) and a paw print in the tops of the pies.
3/4 cup white sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
4 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie or store bought pie crust
5 tablespoons butter
8 wide mouth small mason jars
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine sugar, cornstarch, salt, cinnamon, and lemon juice. Add blueberries to mixture (I use 2 cups of fresh blueberries and 2 cups of frozen blueberries). Let sit for about 15 minutes, if you are using frozen blueberries.
Spray the inside of the mason jars with cooking spray. Fill with blueberry mixture, about 3/4 of the way full. Top each jar with approximately one half of a tablespoon of butter. Reserve one tablespoon of butter for the crust.
Roll out crust. Using the tops of the mason jars, cut out the top of the crust. I did not put a bottom crust on these pies, but if you'd like to, just double your pie crust recipe. Use alphabet cookie cutters to cut out the UK, or other team letters, from the crust. To make the paw print crust, use the bottom end of a large icing tip to cut out the the base of the paw. The top end of the icing tip can be used to cut three holes for the top of the paw print. Gently press crust onto the top of the mason jar. Crimp sides to the jar with a fork. Melt remaining tablespoon of butter and brush over the top of the crusts.
Place mason jars onto baking sheets. Bake at 375 degrees for about 45 minutes. Enjoy!